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    Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

    This is a discussion on Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102? within the Sky Broadband (Fibre) Help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; The BT Home Hub 5: BT Home Hub 5 review: A cheap 11ac router with great performance and features - ...

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      Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      The BT Home Hub 5:

      BT Home Hub 5 review: A cheap 11ac router with great performance and features - PC Advisor

      The SR102 hub from Sky lacks nearly all the features of the BT Home Hub. Sky want to charge me 69 for their SR102, BT 45 to renew your contact.
      Yes both are free if you take their respective Fibre package but surely Sky have the money to build a Hub with features that should at least rival the BT Hub.

      Why are Sky so far behind with their routers!!!!


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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Believe me when I say that this is a topic which has been raised time and time again with the people at Sky by many people, including myself.

      The excuses we've been given are dated as far as I am concerned since the BT HomeHub 4 came out, let alone the HH5, VM's current router and the one from TalkTalk.

      If Sky intends to give FTTP a serious go, then they will need to produce a router that is capable of handling speeds above 100mb/s on the Ethernet, let alone improve the WiFi.

      Personally I would love to see a Sky router which supports:


      • 1Gbit Ethernet on all ports
      • 450mb/s WiFi on the 2.4GHz band
      • 1.3Gbit WiFi on the 5GHz band
      • parental controls better than the BT HomeHub
      • Guest WiFi settings (two on each band)
      • ability to change the DNS server settings
      • two built-in USB3 ports to support media for DLNA and also a printer
      • with software/apps to support printing from mobile devices
      • a signal that is as strong as the latest routers from Netgear are reported to be
      • Built-in VPN settings
      • Traffic meter
      • Other DNS services that just DynDNS which now requires a subscribption from new members or for you to sign in to your account every 30 days
      • email of your router logs
      • improved support for Wake on LAN
      • Wireless repeating function
      • the ability to transfer your settings from one router to another (currently you can't do this with the SR101 or SR102 which is a pain if yours goes faulty)
      • a tool similar to the one which Netgear has (Netgear Genie) for their current routers, for the PC, Mac smart phones and tablets


      The ability to enable the front LEDs to blink as data passes through the router would also be welcome by some people, with the default set so that they do not blink.

      It should also be able to support a low power consumption mode when it is not being used much.

      I would add IPv6 support as well, but I am under the impression that this will be added/enabled when Sky make the switch.

      I know that some people would like a few more features but I believe that the ones mentioned above would satisfy a lot of home users.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      A lot of the above is simply standard these days. No gigabit is the most oddest missing feature. Wireless AC must be on the list too.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Certainly I would agree with you Red in that many of the routers on sale now have most of those features, but they don't all have them all.

      Of course what I haven't mentioned is things such as a multi-core processor and suitable RAM to cope with things too.

      I have covered Wireless AC (the 5GHz band).

      450mb/s for the 2/4GHz band would be wasted for the majority of people. The sad truth is that many would benefit from 300mb/s on this band, but not all. The 5GHz band is improving and 1.3Gbit/s or 1300mb/s does seem to be a current standard on some top end routers now.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Adding all those features means having to support them, and I really can't see that happening.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      • with software/apps to support printing from mobile devices
      • Other DNS services that just DynDNS which now requires a subscribption from new members or for you to sign in to your account every 30 days

      Of the two above, the Cloud Print app provides easy printing from mobile devices, for Android devices at least. It works whether you have a Web Print compatible printer or not.

      As for the DynDNS issue Sky need to add an option to automatically connect to the service at a user defined interval like most other routers that support DDNS services which will avoid the necessity to log into your account every 30 days. The last Sky Sagem router I used had a problem where it would log in every 3 hours which inevitably ended up with DynDNS suspending my account for violating the T&C.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Quote Originally Posted by BroadbandKing View Post
      Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?
      No they will not.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      I have no doubt they have one in the pipeline, but when it will become available is anyone's guess.

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      I have no doubt they have one in the pipeline, but when it will become available is anyone's guess.
      Sky like to cater for the masses.This they do on the cheap, with the cheapest products they can use.
      whilst here, we are a bunch of techies who crave for top spec gear, we are a minute percentage of their customer base, and one easily replaced.
      Therefore I doubt they will launch any new router in the next 18-24 months.
      Due to the poor router {yes i know you can use others) and so i could watch BT Sport, I defected so now have wireless AC etc etc with a HH 5.
      Whilst the HH5 may not be top spec, I cannot justify spending say 180 for the small increments in spec replacing it. Open to be persuaded mind

      John

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      Re: Will Sky build a better hub than the SR102?

      Personally I don't feel comfortable using a device supplied by an ISP even if it is decently specced.

      IMO .... They don't go to the expense of supplying free routers out of the goodness of their hearts when a cheapo modem can suffice and be easier to support.

     

     
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